The Power of Human Rights and Power Politics in the UNSC

The Foreign Policy Forum: Regional Powers in Global Politics accompanies South Africa's membership in the UN Security Council during 2019-2020. It consists of a series of six round tables each dedicated to a particular theme. The overarching topic is the role of regional powers in global affairs which is characterized by a return of great power politics and erosion of multilateralism. Each round table consists of a select group of local and international experts. In this fourth event we are discussing the role human rights are playing in the Security Council. Key questions to be discussed are: Is the UN Security Council the right place to discuss human rights issues? Should human rights issues be discussed more frequently? How to discuss human rights violations with great powers? Is there an instrumentalization of human rights for power politics?


Are refugees unwelcome in South Africa?

Exploring the ramifications of the Refugees Amendment Act
More about the forum: South Africa is home to many refugees who are fleeing persecution and conflict in their countries of origin, predominantly coming from elsewhere in Africa.

Expert conference


The FW de Klerk Foundation - in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) - invites you to attend our Annual Conference.

Expert talk

SA Ubuntu Networking Breakfast with Pieter-Louis Myburgh

Gangster State ‎and The Republic of Gupta
This networking breakfast hosted by the SA Ubuntu Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will open the floor for Pieter-Louis Myburgh.


Unpacking the implications of the National Health Insurance

The Constitution @ Work
Please join us for the fourth and final of our 2019 discussion series, co-hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). On November 28, our panel will unpack the implications of the proposed National Health Insurance Bill.

Expert conference

International Law and Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa in cooperation with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) and the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL) would like to invite you to attend this conference.


Public Procurement Law Training, Limpopo Province

Training for the Limpopo branch of the public protector (PP)
In continuation of the training programme for the Office of the Public Protector (PP), this workshop targets investigators of the PP Limpopo Branch.


Anti-Xenophobia Seminar

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the South African Council of Churches invite interested stakeholders to the Anti-Xenophobia seminar. The aim of the seminar is to promote social cohesion by reflecting on xenophobia attacks, discuss the possible causes of the attacks and devising solutions to prevent future attacks. The seminar also aims to strengthen conflict resolution skills of community leaders and improve liaison with the government and other agencies on the provision of relief during attacks.

Event Reports

Sharing Insights on Greening the FIFA World Cup with Brazil

Workshop Report
The Host City Cape Town has accumulated a vast pool of experience and expertise regarding the "Greening" of the FIFA World Cup. This report is based on a workshop, jointly organised by Sustainable Energy Africa and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, that aimed to identify lessons that can be shared with Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Event Reports

Hintergründe zur ersten Fußball-WM in Afrika

by Julia Steffenfauseweh (ehem. Weber)

Am 29. März 2010 fand in der Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin ein Medienseminar zum Thema: "Südafrika 2010-Hintergründe zur ersten Fußball-WM in Afrika" statt. Julia Weber, ehemalige Trainee der KAS in Südafrika und seit März in der KAS Zentrale, Berlin als Koordinatorin Medien in der Abteilung Grundsatzfragen tätig, nahm an der Veranstaltung mit folgendem Beitrag teil.

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Landreform in South Africa: Constructive Aims and Positive Outcomes

Reflecting on Experiences on the Way to 2014
In 2008 KAS partnered with the Southern African Development Community Centre for Land-related, Regional and Development Law and Policy to host a conference on Land Reform in South Africa. The conference aimed to provide an integrated and substantiven overview of the current realities facing the land reform programme in South Africa. The focus was on identifying the national land reform regulatory and policyframework, and practical case studies were highlighted to demonstrate issues, challenges and successes faced at the core of land reform.

Event Reports

The service delivery conundrum

M&G Critical Thinking Forum
The cause of and solutions to the recent spate of service delivery protests came under the spotlight at a recent Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum run in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Ann Bernstein, Head of the Centre for Development and Enterprise; Yunus Carrim, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Dumisani Mthalane, National Secretary of SANCO were invited as panelists to discuss the issue.

Event Reports

267 Tage vor dem Anpfiff

by Werner Böhler

2010 FIFA World Cup Green Goal Progress Report Host City Cape Town
„Es genügt nicht, die Infrastruktur sowie die technischen und personellen Voraussetzungen zu schaffen, und bei der Planung eines Weltsportereignisses – wie der Fußball-WM 2010 – die Umweltziele zu berücksichtigen. Vielmehr ist es wichtig, dass daraus ein Bewusstsein bei den Menschen entsteht und alle Bürger der Stadt, der Provinz, des Landes sowie die internationalen Gäste bei der Verwirklichung dieser Ziele engagiert mitmachen!“

Event Reports

Host City Cape Town Green Goal Progress Report

The Green Goal Progress Report is the product of a second round of KAS workshops for the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Government. It monitors the timely implementation of the 41 Green Goal projects that were identified in the Green Goal Action Plan. The report shares success stories but also highlights hurdles that still need to be overcome in order to ensure an environmentally friendly World Cup.

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Summer Academy Southern Africa

by Julia Steffenfauseweh (ehem. Weber)

Politiker aus dem südlichen Afrika diskutieren das Thema „Parteienfinanzierung“
14 Politiker aus Südafrika, Simbabwe, Malawi, der Demokratischen Republik Kongo, Mosambik und Namibia haben eine Woche lang im Rahmen der “Summer Academy Southern Africa” in Johannesburg Erfahrungen und Informationen ausgetauscht.

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'Making Democracy Work: Comparing the South African and the German Constitution'

by Julia Steffenfauseweh (ehem. Weber)

Prof. Thomas von Danwitz und Justice Kate O'Regan zu Gast bei einer Veranstaltung der KAS-Südafrika
Wo gibt es Unterschiede, wo Gemeinsamkeiten in den Verfassungen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Republik Südafrika? In welchem historischen Kontext sind die beiden Dokumente entstanden? Wie sieht die Verfassungswirklichkeit aus und was sind die zentralen verfassungsrechtlichen Herausforderungen in Deutschland und Südafrika? Dies waren nur einige der Fragen, die am 20. August im ehemaligen Women’s Jail in Johannesburg diskutiert wurden.

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Auftakt der Serie: "A long walk to Democracy-Celebrating milestones of freedom and unity

60 Jahre Bundesrepublik, 20 Jahre Mauerfall, 15 Jahre Demokratisches Südafrika: Für die Adenaur-Stiftung in Südafrika gibt es im Jahr 2009 gleich drei Jubiläen zu feiern. Gemeinsam mit dem Goethe-Institut Johannesburg und fünf weiteren Partnern hat die KAS Südafrika die Serie “A long walk to Democracy – Celebrating milestones of freedom and unity“ ins Leben gerufen. Sieben Veranstaltungen in Johannesburg, Kapstadt und Durban stehen im Laufe des Jahres auf dem Programm – darunter sowohl politische Diskussionen als auch kulturelle Feierlichkeiten.

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Scoping, Planning and Implementing the Carbon Offsetting Plan for the HC Cape Town

Workshop Report
Angelehnt an das Umweltkonzept "Green Goal" unternimmt auch Südafrika den Versuch, die Fußballweltmeisterschaft zu einem klimaneutralen Großereignis werden zu lassen. Die Host City Kapstadt hat dafür eigens einen Maßnahmenkatalog erstellt. Mit einer neuen Workshopreihe unte